This was a great book!
We return to Blossom Street in this book and boy are there surprises. Lydia is still working on her shop and decides to teach a sock knitting class. Three new women enter her life. There is Elise who has moved in with her daughter while figuring out legal issues but her ex-husband decides to re-enter the picture as well. Next is Bethanne Hamlin who is trying to start her life over after a divorce but not sure what to do. Finally there is Courtney Pulanski, she is 16 and lives with her grandmother while going through the grieving process of losing her mother. These women may not have anything in common to start but they need to learn to be friends to help each other through.
Debbie Macomber is a fantastic author. She has such a refreshing style to her writing that blows me away. I loved being back with some of my favorite characters. The other thing I really like about her writing is that it is real. The people in her books have real problems that they have to work through and are able to though it is not immediate. Well normally they have the basis of them figured out by the end of the book.
I am really growing to like Lydia. She is a sweet woman who has a passion and shares it with other people. My other favorite character was Courtney. I may not have lost my mother but I can relate to the whole not feeling like you fit in. I had that problem in high school but I was not ever able to overcome it completely. Yes, I had friends but never did seem to get along with most of the popular kids. Maybe that wasn’t so horrible but I would have liked to have been acknowledged a little bit from time to time.
This book warmed my heart and I felt like I was coming home again. I can’t wait for the next one and have already put myself on the waiting list for it. I highly recommend it and give it a 4.5 out of 5. At times it felt a little predictable but other than I couldn’t put it down and can’t wait to see what happens next for all the wonderful people.
I am ready to pick up Lying with Strangers by James Grippando but first some cleaning to do. :)